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Whipplea modesta  modesty
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Whipplea modesta

(modesty)

The common name “modesty” fits this unassuming evergreen creeper. Though not super showy, one has to admire its ability to thrive on difficult sites. A good stabilizer native to forests of the Coast Ranges where it tolerates dry shady situations. Will appreciate a little summer water, but it is drought tolerant once established. Numerous tiny white flowers in late spring. Deer seem to leave it alone.
Woodwardia fimbriata  giant chain fern
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Woodwardia fimbriata

(giant chain fern)

The evergreen giant chain fern is the largest American fern with striking fronds 3 - 5 ft. tall or more. Prefers part shade but will accept heavier shade. Can grow in open, somewhat sunny areas within the fog belt as long as it has access to moisture. Great in moist woodland gardens near a stream or against a shady wall. Keep in mind this fern like some moisture but does not want to be kept wet. Allowing it to dry out just a little between waterings can be beneficial. To keep it looking fresh and vigorous, cut back to the ground in late winter just before the new fiddleheads begin to emerge. Deer resistant.
Wyethia angustifolia  narrow leaved mule's ears
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Wyethia angustifolia

(narrow leaved mule's ears)

Few hikers can resist the bright, golden-yellow flowers of this showy native sunflower relative. The large, 2” - 3” wide flowers perch atop stems up to 2 ft. tall in the spring. Bright green, lance-shaped leaves form low rosettes at the base of the flower stalks. This mule’s ear grows in sunny meadows and at the edges of woodlands. Perhaps the most garden tolerant of all of the mule’s ears, accepting occasional irrigation once established but not requiring it. Does not mind soils with poor drainage. A great plant for bees, butterflies and birds. Will go dormant once it finishes flowering but will re-emerge after the rain returns.
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